Uber pays $10 Mil­lion in Driver Vet­ting Row

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Uber, the ride-shar­ing com­pany has agreed to pay $10 mil­lion (£7 mil­lion) to set­tle a dis­pute over its back­ground checks for driv­ers. Dis­trict at­tor­neys in San Fran­cisco and Los An­ge­les ac­cused Uber of mis­lead­ing its cus­tomers about its driv­ers’ back­ground checks. As part of the deal, Uber must not mar­ket it­self as the “safest ride on the road” or call its back­ground checks “the gold stan­dard.” Uber will have to pay an ad­di­tional $15 mil­lion penalty, if it fails to com­ply with the terms of the agree­ment. “It sends a clear mes­sage to all busi­nesses, and to star­tups in par­tic­u­lar, that in the quest to quickly ob­tain mar­ket share laws de­signed to pro­tect con­sumers can­not be ig­nored,” Ge­orge Gascón, San Fran­cisco Dis­trict At­tor­ney, said. The In­de­pen­dent

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